This week we had a guest blogger describe their experience with Meal in a Jar. Here is what Akshita had to say about our product on her blog,Cateyes and Chai . She's a lifestyle blogger based out of Toronto, be sure to go check out her blog.
Happy Sunday lovelies! If you have had an eventful weekend and are currently deciding on meal prep options for the rest of the week, I might have some good news! After all, how many times are you sitting at work, or in school and wishing you had a prepared lunch waiting to be opened with just a little twist and a shake if I may add. Even though going out for a lunch break can be fun, now with everyone doing that almost all days of the week, it can get a little monotonous. After all there are only so many options near your place of work or school that you can try before you get tired of them.
If you find yourself nodding, let me tell you right away, chances are you will enjoy this post. I was recently sent two items from a new startup company called Meal in a Jarand this can be a quick and healthy solution to all of the above problems. Follow me along this post as I shall share with you what my opinion was on both of the meal jars as well as the ingredients and a bit about the company, if you do want to check them out.
Meal in a Jar offers meals which are fully balanced as they include your choice of protein, grains, 5g of fiber and at least two cups of veggies. Most of their ingredients are sourced from local farmers and the meats are hormone and anti-biotic free. There is also no reason to feel guilty after your hearty meal as all of their jars are below 600 calories.
I was given the option of choosing any two jars of my choices which would then be delivered to me. To be completely honest I wasn't expecting many options when I headed over to their website but boy was I wrong! The jars are nicely divided into different categories such as Chicken, Beef/Pork, Vegetarian and Vegan to name a few. Each of these categories have about three to four options available under them so I can certainly say there is something for everybody.
I chose Chicken Carnitas and Veggie Showdown to try as both of them sounded very different from one another with their own unique flavours and ingredients. Post the delivery, my first thought upon seeing the jars was that they looked fresh, healthy and quite appetizing. With the recent rise in people trying to eat healthier, it is important for all of us to know what exactly we are consuming. With Meal in a Jar, all of the ingredients are listed clearly and this includes even what the dressings are individually made up of. As you can see from the description below, the jars pack in a variety of flavours for your taste buds.
C H I C K E N C A R N I T A S
Ingredients: Chicken (chilli, cumin, oregano, rosemary, salt), Brown rice, Salsa (tomatoes, water, cider vinegar, tomato paste, onions, green peppers, jalapeno peppers, corn starch, evaporated cane juice, salt, spices, dehydrated garlic), Black turtle beans, Red Onion, Napa Cabbage, Sweet Bell Peppers, Red Cabbage, Lime Juice, Cilantro, Cherry Tomatoes
With a little shake and a twist, I tried out both of my meals within a day. The chicken jar had to be heated which was mentioned on the jar, whereas the veggie option could be consumed directly. I felt that both of them were delicious as the flavours within each jar were well balanced together. Between the two if I had to choose my favourite, I would say I personally preferred the Chicken Carnitas a little more. Chicken and rice is my all-time favourite combination after all, so that’s definitely not a surprise.
If you live in the Kitchener, Waterloo region or Cambridge and Guelph, I highly suggest you check out this company as you can also get free delivery on your meal plans until the end of October. As for my Toronto people, though the delivery is temporarily suspended, they will be starting the service again in mid November. So do keep an eye out on their website if this is something you are curious to try out.
I believe it's great for people who live a fast-paced life, are always on the go but still care about eating healthy. For more information on the price, different meal plans as well as the jar varieties, you can visit their official website by clicking here, or on any of the images within this post.
Have a fabulous week ahead!
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Quinoa, pronounced (Keen - Wah), is actually not a grain. It belongs to the same family as spinach and beets. The United Nations has labelled it as a "super crop" since they believe it can go a long way to battle world hunger. This is due to its ability to flourish in poor soil without irrigation. Quinoa also gets its superfood status from the numerous health benefits it has to offer.
Quinoa (1 Cup) nutritional breakdown:
Fat: 4g (great source of Omega-3 Fatty Acid)
B1, B2, & B6: 10%
Very High in Fiber
It has twice as much fiber as the other grains you might already be consuming. Fiber helps lower cholesterol and glucose levels. As a result, it keeps heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes at bay.
Loaded With Iron
Iron is essential for hemoglobin formation, which keeps our red blood cells healthy. It's also essential for supporting brain function. It plays an essential part in delivering oxygenated blood to the brain. Quinoa is legit food for thought.
Packed With Magnesium
Magnesium helps with relaxing blood vessels, this aids in keeping migraines away. Beyond that, Magnesium plays a key role in reducing the risk of type two diabetes as well as helping the body with detoxification.
We, at Meal in a Jar use quinoa in our Veggie Showdown jar. You won't just go crazy for quinoa, but for our Veggie Showdown as well. Click on the image below to learn more about the jar.
We all know that it’s good to #treatyoself once in awhile, whether that means buying a new outfit, splurging on concert tickets or doing something else that makes you feel good. Of course, you can treat yourself every day with Meal in a Jar...it’s a delicious, healthy meal that you don’t have to prep or cook yourself. It’s super convenient, and eating them makes you feel great. How’s that for a treat?
But what if you want to spread the love to your colleagues? If you manage a team or own a small business, Meal in a Jar is the perfect way to show your appreciation for a job well done. There’s never a bad time to treat your team to an amazing Meal in a Jar lunch at the office, but here’s a bit of inspiration to get you started.
Your team is awesome and you know it - so how do you say thanks? With free food, of course. Instead of ordering in pizza or heading over to the sketchy restaurant next door to your office, why not order a variety of Meal in a Jar options for staff to enjoy? You can make an event of it by providing drinks and dining together, or simply fill up the office fridge and tell your team to enjoy. They’ll thank you - and a happy team is a productive team!
Lunch & Learn Seminars
Instead of having your Lunch and Learn events catered, give them a modern, healthy twist by providing Meal in a Jar to all attendees. Try offering a few vegetarian jars (our Veggie Showdown is always a hit) plus some chicken and beef options. Make sure there are some dairy-free and free of gluten options, a few jugs of ice water with lemon, and a tray of cookies or other sweets to end the meal. You’ll be the most popular team in town!
If your staff are working long hours or tackling a hard project, they’ll appreciate a quick pick-me-up from Meal in a Jar. Surprise by them bringing in lunch as a thank you for their efforts. It’s a terrific morale booster that will make them feel valued and recognized, and you’ll be encouraging a healthy lifestyle. Win-win! Our Lively Lemon Ginger and Balsamic Chicken Coleslaw jars are always a safe bet, and everyone loves a good Taco Tuesday! (Bonus points if you serve it on an actual Tuesday).
Have you treated your team to Meal in a Jar? Let us know what was the most popular choice in your office or workspace!